With Dan Canham (UK) + Victoria Melody (UK)
Springboard Performance + Theatre of the New Heart
The Banff Centre
Dan Canham works as a theatre-maker and performer. At the heart of his work lies an exploration that puts the performer(s) and the stories of real human experience in the spotlight. The aesthetic of the live work is detailed but often stripped down, leaving space for the performers to conjure onstage without the clutter of overtly literal design. Dan is interested in the collective imagination of performers and audiences and uses intricate sound design and movement as playful narrators throughout the work.
Dan has previously worked as a performer for Kneehigh Theatre, DV8 Physical Theatre, Punchdrunk & Fabulous Beast among other comapnies.
He draws a lot of inspiration from work outside of the UK and is open to collaborative possibilities within the UK and beyond.
Victoria Melody studied visual art and is very interested in anthropology. Now she mainly makes one- woman theatrical shows about England’s pastimes, passions and tribes. She immerses herself into communities and becomes a participant. In the past she has become a pigeon racer, a northern soul dancer, a championship dog handler and a beauty queen.
She documents everything she does by film, photographs, diaries and collecting objects. When she is fully immersed in a project it takes over her normal life. This annoys her husband. In her shows she talks about her experiences and demonstrates what she has learnt.
Victoria has presented her work nationally and internationally. Northern Soul premiered to sell out audiences in 2011. It toured Nationally in Autumn 2012 and is touring Internationally in 2013. Her current show in development Major Tom will premier and tour in spring 2013.
As well as her own projects she has performed with companies including Station House Opera and Billy Cowie. In 2001 she won an AHRC research grant for her postgraduate study at Chelsea College of Art.